Jean du Tillet

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Jean du Tillet (Angoulême c.1500/9?-1570) was a French Catholic bishop.


The son of a mayor and captain of Angoulême under Francis I, he was appointed bishop of St. Brieuc in 1553. He took part in the Council of Trent, where he encouraged Gentian Hervet to undertake a Latin translation of Photius' Syntagma together with Balsamon's interpretation from a manuscript which had recently come into his possession. Tillet also in 1553 obtained in Rome a Hebrew version of St. Matthew's Gospel.[1]

In 1564 he became bishop of Meaux, the fifteenth known Jean to hold that see. In 1568 he published an edition of works of Lucifer of Caliaris against emperor Constantius II.

A brother, also named Jean, sieur de la Bussière,[2] established what became a hereditary charge as greffier of the Parlement of Paris[jargon]; he is known for his history books.

Another brother, Louis, curé of Claix and archdeacon of Angoulême, gave shelter to Jean Calvin, then followed him to Germany; he was very disappointed by what he saw and Jean brought him back to France.[3][4]

Works (selection)[edit]

  • Du symbole des Apostres et des douze articles de la foy (1566)[5]
  • Réponse d'un évêque aux ministres des églises nouvelles (Paris, 1566);
  • Traité de l'antiquité et solennité de la messe (Paris, 1567);
  • Avis à Messieurs les gentilhommes séduits par les piperies des églises nouvelles (Advice to the gentlemen seduced by the fallacies of the new churches) (Paris, 1567);
  • Parallelae de vitis ac moribus paparum cum proecipuis ethnicis (1610) (in Latin).[3]

Misattributed works[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Hegg, T., A brief history of the Du Tillet Matthew, 2004
  2. ^ Both brothers died in November 1570 and the year of birth is unknown for both. The bishop, according to Pierre Bayle (Dictionnaire historique et critique, vol. 14, p. 160), was the younger brother. See the online book for Bayle's references.
  3. ^ a b c Pierre Larousse (Gallica digitization)
  4. ^ On the relationships between (Bishop) Jean, his brother Louis and Jean Calvin, see Alexandre César Crottet's Preface (especially p. 9 ff.) to his Correspondance française de Calvin avec Louis du Tillet, chanoine d'Angoulême et curé de Claix at Google Books, 1850
  5. ^